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Article: Grand Slam - Semi Finals Grand Slam - Semi Finals

PHIL TAYLOR faces Terry Jenkins on Sunday night in his bid to retain the Grand Slam of Darts title following two superb semi-finals at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Defending Grand Slam champion Taylor produced a majestic display to defeat Mervyn King 16-10 in their outstanding contest.

Tayloraveraged over 106 and led throughout against a stubborn King, who recovered from a slow start to match the Stoke legend blow-for-blow but ultimately could not pull level.

A key 151 finish from Taylor proved crucial in him pulling clear to 14-9 as he remained on course to take the £100,000 first prize.

"I^m ecstatic to be in the final," said Taylor. "Mervyn has so much bottle and didn^t give in, and he put me under a lot of pressure."

Jenkins defeated Gary Anderson 16-14 in a thrilling semi-final, with the Scot hitting 11 maximums and averaging over 105 in defeat.

Jenkins trailed 5-3 before storming into a 12-7 advantage before holding off Anderson^s fightback to seal victory.

"Gary didn^t do anything wrong but it was a brilliant match and I^m just delighted to be through to the final," said Jenkins. "I^ve played Phil before and lost but it^s a fresh start on Sunday." Grand Slam of Darts


Terry Jenkins 16-14 Gary Anderson

Phil Taylor 16-10 Mervyn King

Final (Sunday 7.30pm)

Phil Taylor v Terry Jenkins

Best of 35 legs


TERRY JENKINS edged past Gary Anderson in a thriller to reach the final of the Grand Slam of Darts with a 16-14 win.


averaged 105.65 and hit 11 180s in a brilliant contest, only to lose as an inspired Jenkins hung on for victory.

Jenkins won nine legs from 11 in mid-game to crucially pull from 5-3 down to lead 12-7 before Anderson - aided by a burst of 180s - threatened a comeback.

"Gary didn^t do anything wrong but I concentrated on winning my own legs with the darts," said Jenkins.

"In the last few legs I didn^t miss a lot but Gary knocked the stuffing out of me and I was relieved to finally get from 14 to 15, which was as important as winning the game."

Jenkins took a scrappy opening leg on double one, but a 107 checkout from Anderson in the second set the tone for the remainder of the contest.

The next four legs were shared, including finishes og 84 and 96 from the Scot, before he broke throw on double top and then hit a 13-darter to lead 5-3.

The pair traded double top finishes before Jenkins took three in a row, in 14, 14 and 13 darts, to lead 7-6.

Double eight from Anderson levelled, and a 180 left him on a finish in the next, only for Jenkins to hit double top to edge in front.

He repeated the trick on the same double in the next four legs to pull clear at 12-7.


reeled off legs of 14, 12 and ten darts in a superb burst to cut the deficit to two legs, only for Jenkins to sensationally finish 164 on the bull for a 13-10 cushion.

After trading 13-darters, Anderson landed an 11-darter and then successive 81 checkouts on the bullseye to sqaure the match - only to falter at 14-all.

A missed bullseye allowed Jenkins back in on tops to move a leg away from the win, and he punished a slow start from Anderson in the next to seal the win.

Anderson, who hit seven 180s in nine legs at the back end of the game, said: "It was a great game and when I went 14-10 down I put some great legs in, but even 11 maximums weren^t enough."


PHIL TAYLOR put himself into a second successive Grand Slam of Darts with a majestic 16-10 semi-final win over Mervyn King.


produced his best display yet in this year^s tournament to average over 106.5 and land ten maximums in an epic.

He punished a slow King start to move 4-1 up, a lead which eventually proved crucial as King fought back manfully.

Taylor took the opening two legs in 13 and 15 darts under little pressure before missing four darts at a double in the next to allow King to get off the mark.

But 180s from King to start the next two legs were not enough as Taylor took out 87 and then 126 to move 4-1 up.

A 121 from King for a 12-darter reduced the deficit, only for Taylor to hit back with legs of 13 and 14 of his own to move 6-2 up.

King included three 14-darters in winning four of the next six in reducing the arrears to 8-6 - with Taylor firing in another brace of 13-darters.

A 177 from Taylor in leg 15 crucially set up his double top finish to break throw, and he took the next two to pull out to 11-6 and regain some breaking space.

Finishes of 100 and 64 from King gave him the next two legs, but a pair of 13-darters saw Taylor edge 13-8 in front.

King landed his sixth maximum of the game in taking leg 22, but crucially missed three darts at a double in the next leg, with Taylor pouncing to land a 151 checkout.

As if that was not enough of a blow, seven perfect darts from King in the next leg meant little, with Taylor stepping in to land double top for a 12-darter to go a leg away from victory - with King sat on 56 after nine darts.

A 110 finish from King, with Taylor this time sat on a double for victory, kept him in the contest but a poor start in the next was punished by a tenth maximum as the defending champion took out double five for the win.

"I^m ecstatic to be in the final," said Taylor. "Mervyn has so much bottle and didn^t give in, and he put me under a lot of pressure.

"He could have hit a nine-darter there, and the 151 finish was massive, but it^s about taking your chances and I managed to hit him hard."

King admitted: "I shouldn^t have been 4-1 down and was chasing the game from then on.

"I^d get close and then I wouldn^t be able to get level. Phil^s the best player in the world and you can^t give him as much of a head start."


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